Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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I am a big fan of double IPAs, but I was not a big fan of this beer. Surprisingly, Firestone Walker managed to outpace the considerable malt bill with an extreme hop bitterness that made me think of a slightly rotten lemon sitting in a dank basement. That's too far, of course, but compared to other double IPAs I have enjoyed, this was not even in the top twenty. Perhaps it has to do with the attenuation of the yeast, but there was not enough malt sweetness to counterbalance the hops in this monster.

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22 oz. bottle; brewed on 10/16/2014, opened on Dec 10, 2014.

Poured into 16 oz Nonic pint glass.

App: Pours a pure, translucent copper; copious cream-colored head that dissipates with lovely lacing.

Sm: Very light pine and resin notes, tangerine and lemon zest. Traces of sweet (rather than hot) alcohol.

Taste: Initial impressions are warm, honeyed malt - a touch of sweetness, but without any caramel flavors. The hops are assertive without being overwhelming; a floral, almost lavender character, with the merest trace of citrus. What's amazing is that the bass note of sweetness persists throughout.

Overall, this is an astonishingly balanced double IPA. If I drank this completely blind, I would never think it was a double - there's very little heat to it, and the hops are assertive without destroying the palate. There's a characteristic freshness to everything Firestone Walker does, and it really comes through in this beer.

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Light clear orange, small white head, quick to a frothy lace.
Smell of sweet citrus, mango, lychee, ripe pineapple, sturdy caramel malts, faint booze.
Sweet juicy fruitiness up front, surprisingly tropical, with lots of pulpy mango and papaya, maracuja, kiwi seeds, juicy pineapple. Pomelo and tangerine, a nice citrus character that's more sweet than bitter, but not too unbalanced. Robust malt backbone with sticky caramel. A sweet spongecake taste splashed with a bit of brandy. Pine towards the finish, leafy hop bitterness, quite pronounced.
Medium body, low carbonation, a bit sticky. Gets just a bit boozy towards the end of the 0.65 ml bottle. Aftertaste with pine, some caramel, faint tropical fruit, grapefruit peel.
Bottle is quite a few months old, that's why it probably seems lacking that final extra hoppy kick. It's still plenty hoppy, but there's a small empty spot there that needs filling. Rated keeping that in mind.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,570 ratings.
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